Lionel Laurent is a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering finance and markets. He previously worked at Reuters and Forbes.

Europe's bank stress tests tend to follow a predictable pattern.

Investors pick over the methodology, find it wanting, yet buy into the results on the back of increased transparency and the prospect of an end to long-running concerns over capital strength. The rally fades almost as quickly when markets wake up to the fact that profit pressures, a flagging economy and regulatory curbs mean nothing is quite fixed for good.


The 2016 stress tests initially began in much the same way -- but the rally unwound in a matter of hours, not days. Perhaps it's a sign that having no pass mark and effectively giving a clean bill of health to all but one of the 51 banks tested gave nothing new to tell in Europe's long-running bank recovery story. 

Fizzling Out
This year's stress test rally fizzled out within hours
Source: Bloomberg
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--Bloomberg Gadfly's Elaine He contributed graphics.

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